Decision to Grant Transport & Works Act Order (TWAO)

The Environment Agency and Sedgemoor District Council have been working together for several years to develop proposals for a Tidal Barrier Scheme on the River Parrett, to protect Bridgwater and the surrounding communities from flooding.

The Scheme will reduce tidal flood risk to 11,300 homes and 1,500 businesses. The whole scheme comprises; a Tidal Barrier structure on the River Parrett next to Express Park, Bridgwater, a substantial programme of works to improve existing downstream riverside flood banks and construct new secondary flood banks, and improved fish and eel passage at 12 upstream sites on both the rivers Parrett and Tone.

We are pleased to confirm that the Secretary of State (Defra), having considered the details of the scheme and all the representations made by interested parties and members of the public, has determined to make a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to authorise construction, operation, and maintenance of the scheme.

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